Donald Trump handling transition exactly like he campaigned


NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 22: President-elect Donald Trump walks through the lobby of the New York Times following a meeting with editors at the paper on November 22, 2016 in New York City. Trump, who has held meetings with media executives over the last few days, has often had a tense relationship with many mainstream media outlets. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Washington¯Donald Trump is first and foremost a showman, and he loves nothing more than a good cliffhanger.
“I’ll keep you in suspense,” he said when asked if he’d accept the election results if he lost, one of the many times during the campaign when he tried to keep the focus from drifting away from his favourite topic: him.
Of course, Trump didn’t lose ¯ well, not the Electoral College, at least ¯ and he is now playing the same coy game with the media when it comes to staffing his new administration. “Very organized process taking place as I decide on Cabinet and many other positions. I am the only one who knows who the finalists are!” he tweeted amid the chaos.
The approach to governance from the president-elect has been both puerile and entertaining, like a magician doing cheap sleight-of-hand tricks for a roomful of kids, over and over and over again. But on a fundamental level, there has been nothing all that surprising about the first two weeks of the Trump era. Those who held out hope that a different Trump would emerge after the election should be disappointed.
Trump supporters during the campaign had a remarkable ability to see in him what they hoped he would be, rather than what he promised he would be. As Trump backer Peter Thiel put it: “The media always is taking Trump literally. It never takes him seriously, but it always takes him literally. I think a lot of the voters who vote for Trump take Trump seriously, but not literally.”
For those who worried that Trump would use the White House to personally enrich himself, he has declared himself above ethics laws (which, to some extent, is true) and posited that he could, “in theory,” run his business and the country simultaneously.
There are already multiple anecdotes to suggest he is prepared to do just that. Foreign diplomats have said they feel pressured to stay at the Trump International in D.C. His daughter Ivanka, who is supposed to run the Trump empire while he is in the White House, has sat in on meetings with leaders from Japan and Argentina, and hawked the jewelry she wore during a “60 Minutes” interview. During a call just days after the election, Trump pressed British officials to help with a wind farm operation he detests because it ruins the views from his golf course. During a call with Argentina, according to regional reports, Trump pushed to get his stalled Buenos Aires hotel approved. (The Argentinian government subsequently, and unsurprisingly, denied the report.)
For those worried he was serious about his anti-immigrant demagoguery, Trump has tapped Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III of Alabama ¯ an ardent immigration critic who once dismissed virtually all Dominican Republicans as useless for American society ¯ to be his attorney general, and Steve Bannon ¯ who rose to prominence on the back of the white nationalist movement ¯ as his chief strategist.—Agencies

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